About White Wines from Argentina

About White Wines from Argentina
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producing country in the world and much of that has to do with one wine, Malbec, which has become synonymous for Argentinean wine. By far, the most widely planted variety -red or white - in the country (almost twice as much planted as the next red variety, Bonarda), Malbec with its deep color, ripe berry fruit and light, peppery spice, has become wildly popular with consumers, looking for a flavorful red at the right price. There are dozens of very fine examples of Malbec from the Mendoza region available on USA retail shelves for $12-$16. Some of these same producers are also crafting $25 and version of Malbec, to show the aging ability and potential of the variety; these are not yet sales successes for the most part. There are other notable reds produced in the country, namely Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. As for white wine, the signature variety is Torrontes, a medium-bodied white with light pear and tropical fruit flavors that is a pleasant sipper or partner with lighter seafood.

Top Picks for Argentina

White Wines

Zapatazo 2017  Torrontes
87 points
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe juicy pears, cantaloupe, white florals, and apricot jam with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, breezy meyer lemon, honeydew melon, and butter finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A soft Torrontes with notes of juicy melon and creamy butter.
87 points $17.99
Inkarri 2017 Estate Grown White Blend Luján de Cuyo
86 points
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of fresh lime, fondant, nectarine, honeydew melon, flint, and apple pastry with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy starfruit finish with no oak flavor. A juicy South American white that will work well at the table.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Doña Paula 2017 Los Cardos Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
Straw color. Aromas of cut grass, green plantain, and sage with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, brisk lime yogurt, pineapple coulis, and coconut granola finish with no oak flavor. A solid sauvignon blanc for weeknight sipping.
85 points $13.99
Doña Paula 2017 Los Cardos Chardonnay
84 points
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of golden apples, ripe pear, and sweet aloe vera with a velvety, bright, dryish light body and a seamless, short finish with notes of cinnamon-sugar toast with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid wine for anytime enjoyment.
84 points $13.99